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What makes a believer commit to a ministry? What entices a customer to keep supporting a product? Connection and service will always attract customers and multiply opportunities. Rose Hedgemond created Avenues of Excellence (AOE) to help people leverage protocol and etiquette to set themselves and their products and services a part in ministry and industry.
“Our company provides training to youth, adults, and business professionals. Our classes are offered virtually, as well as in person,” Hedgemond says. “We want people to know we’re here and what we offer to the community, especially for children and young adults learning business etiquette, social skills, etc.”
Corporate and individual customers can hire Avenues “It’s a fact that even in today’s modern-day technol- of Excellence for the following programs: ogy-driven environment, understanding the impor- Adult Etiquette (Finishing Touch) Program, Etiquette tance of and using social graces are huge,” reveals for Leading Ladies, Young Adult Classes, Youth EtHedgemond, a veteran of the United States Navy. iquette Classes, Business Etiquette Program, Customer Service Training Program, Executive Assistant Hedgemond used her military and corporate expe- Coaching Program, and more. The firm provides pririence to create a licensed intercultural etiquette and vate one-on-one etiquette classes as well. protocol enterprise. The former corporate executive defines protocol as a series of social skills and behav- “If there’s a desire to learn how to apply advanced soiors performed in a formal or ceremonial setting. She cial training in a specific private or professional setadds that etiquette informs how you engage people in ting, that’s what we do,” says Hedgemond, with an eye that defined setting. She fashions AOE as a finishing toward expansion. “Beginning in Spring 2023, we are school that provides training. launching an incredible Leading Ladies and Leading
Gentlemen Etiquette Program. This will be conducted in-person and virtually.” Hedgemond highlights etiquette mastery as critical for social satisfaction and professional mobility in South Florida’s cultural melting pot. “Miami is an international hub. Our community always hosts dignitaries, diplomats, international leaders, and visitors. In this setting, protocol and etiquette intersect. Learning how to interpret and demonstrate that intersection becomes imperative,” Hedgemond declares. “Understanding how to respect diverse cultures is criti- Create an Inviting Spirit: “People want to feel welcomed cal and creates a business advantage.” when they come to your ministry. Ministries must have onboarding documents, including a welcoming packet The burgeoning businesswoman says understanding and a first-time visitor sheet. Your greeters have to love protocol and operating with a sense of etiquette extends people. Anyone engaging members or visitors is a mininto the digital world. istry ambassador. So, they have to be inviting.” “It is a major misconception to think that technology makes basic respect irrelevant. This can’t be further from the truth,” Hedgemond adds. “Irrespective of the environment, protocols and social engagement cues are always present and relevant.” In 2019, Rose Hedgemond released her first children’s book, “Father-Daughter Dance: A Night On The Red Carpet,” a story about the power of a father’s presence and positive influence on a young girl’s life. The children’s book is a literary creation of the annual signature Father Daughter Gala hosted by Avenues of Excellence. The next gala is scheduled for October 8 at 7 p.m. at the Hyatt Regency in Coral Gables. More information is available on AOE’s website.
Organize and Optimize Communication: “If you create an effective onboarding package, you should have valuable information that allows you to understand the person’s needs and be able to offer resources that are relevant to the person. You must be responsive. People want to hear from you quickly.”
Have a Plan to Retain Your Members: “The leader must develop the vision and implement protocols within the ministry. Then, the leaders and lay members must implement and unify that experience. In addition to viewing someone as an individual, we must view them as a resource. We should see them as a person, a family unit, and a source of knowledge or service. When we lose a person, we lose their knowledge, service, and family.” For more information on Avenues of Excellence, log on Hedgemond offers these three tips for protocol and eti- to www.avenuesofexcellence.com. quette excellence in ministerial settings.
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sure they are tooled and equipped to build the infrastructure needed for their business success,” says Pam Rauch, FPL vice president of external affairs and economic development. “We are excited to share this new resource hub and we look forward to continuing to grow and expand this exceptional platform for many years to come.” The site provides information on key issues involving the Black business owner, such as: • Black Business Directory – List of Black businesses throughout the state providing a vast range of products and services. • Black Business Resources – A listing of organizations throughout Florida that are dedicated to providing resources that help cultivate success for Black-owned businesses. • Minority-Owned Business Certifications – Information on the numerous certification programs that are available at the federal, state, and local levels. • Events and Programs – A listing of organizations throughout the state with educational programs and networking services and more designed to help to take your business to the next level.
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Backpack Usage With school in session again, many children have resumed wearing backpacks. As this is typically the heaviest load children carry, children who suffer from musculoskeletal pain will often feel it most intensely while using a backpack, but pain can also persist or flare up afterward. Of course, children are not the only people who are vulnerable to misusing backpacks, but we thought now would be a good time to share some advice about safe usage with all our patients, and to provide some guidance on how chiropractic offices can assist people experiencing pain in their backs, shoulders, and necks. Common Problems When a backpack is overloaded, the straps tend to dig into the shoulders and trapezius muscles of the wearer. This can restrict circulation to the arms and put stress on the rotator cuffs. Potential consequences include shocks, numbness, or tingling along the upper limbs, and the effect may be worse if a person wears a backpack on just one shoulder. It’s also common for wearers to lean forward to try to balance the weight, which is an inefficient posture that forces them to bend their necks in order to see ahead of them. It is also
easier for a person in this posture to fall over.
put on the side closer to the body. Other objects should be distributed throughout different compartments Back pain and other problems from in order to spread out their weight. inefficient backpack usage do not A backpack also shouldn’t be worn usually cause permanent problems for longer than is necessary to move in children, but they won’t go away objects from one place to another, as long as the child is misusing the and features such as pull-out hanbackpack. Older people should be dles or wheels are dead weight if mindful of the risk of wear-and-tear they aren’t actually being used. injuries and take pain seriously, as well. Relief from Backpack-Related Pain Proper Backpack Usage Normally, pain from overusing a To begin with, a backpack is still a backpack will subside when somebetter option than a messenger bag, body stops overusing it. Pain may be due to having two straps, but this worse in children who are developis only true when both straps are ing scoliosis, which they should be used. The straps should be wide and regularly assessed for. If your child padded. They should not be tight is still complaining of soreness, enough for the shoulders to feel your chiropractor can offer several compressed, but they should pre- non-invasive, non-medicative thervent the backpack from dangling apies, including spinal adjustments down to the wearer’s lumbar region. for developing bodies. Many offices It is also advisable to get a backpack also offer soft tissue therapies such with a waist strap. as low-level laser and therapeutic massages that can reduce muscle Chiropractors usually recommend inflammation and speed the healing keeping a backpack’s weight to less process. Your chiropractor can also than fifteen percent of the wearer’s provide advice on more efficient weight. But how that weight is dis- posture and how to set up a worktributed also makes a difference. station so it won’t additionally stress Heavier objects should be placed a child’s back. in the bag first so that they won’t shift around, and they should be
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